Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.
©1974 Curt Gentry and Vincent Bugliosi, Afterword 1994 by Vincent Bugliosi (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
“One of the best crime stories ever written.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
There are many things in this book I did not realize about the whole Manson Murder era. I found this book to be full of a lot of interesting information, told in a very easy to follow way. This held my interest throughout the entire book. I may even have to listen again to fully absorb everything. A very worthwhile telling of a dark page in history.
Excellent narrator. Clear voice, very well paced. I will be looking for more books with this narrator!
I hope the prosecutors handling the Boston Marathon Bombing trial have listened to this. This is a fascinating story of true crime, investigation and legal procedure. I strongly advise you to spend your credits and time on this book.
This is a brilliant written account of one of the most horrific and tragic events due to one man's beliefs.
It kept me riveted and engaged throughout every chapter; even had me doing extra research for self enrichment, lol. I find Bugliosi's writing style concise, informative and emphatic. Brilliant!
Scott Brick's narration is excellent - it suits the writing style of Bugliosi's. In fact I've already acquired more books narrated by him because of this gripping performance.
This book is very well-written, the subject matter is fascinating, and I liked knowing that this was written based on factual information and not conjecture.
My favorite aspect of this story was getting the real facts about the case. The media had a field day with the details of the murders and, apparently, did not hesitate to report unconfirmed or completely fabricated details. This book gives facts based on the evidence that was found and statements and testimony given.
The narration is amazing! I often forgot that it was not Bugliosi himself reading the book!
What really happened is stranger than fiction!
I cannot recommend this book enough. The murders were committed in 1969 - 45 years ago - and the details are as fascinating today as they ever were, especially considering that Manson is still alive.
There was one chapter on cryptography and I found it fascinating...
Yes. I'd listen again. Though no right away. It was a bit heavy and dark at times. The chapters on the Beatles White Album were enough to drive almost anyone mad!
The Stranger Besides Me by Anne Rule... intimate portraits of a serial killer...
I LOVE HISTORY!!!
Considering that I have very little time to read printed editions, I always consider the Audible version of a book to be invaluable.
believe it or not, I consider the parallels between Charles Manson and Adolf Hitler to be significant (and rather scary).Who would have ever considered that to psychopaths of this magnitude could have risen to the public forefront in the same century!
I have never listened to Scott Brick, but I will be on the look out for more of his work!
Once I started listening to this book, it was VERY hard to put it down.
This is an awesome piece of history performed by a wonderful reader. Definitely worth the time!
Interesting, Scary, and Crazy
Very nice inflection, making it easy to listen to.
I really liked the narrator because I have tried reading this book in the past and just couldn't get through it. When I read it it seemed that it was just case notes and was very boring. This narrator did a great job and kept me interested the entire time.
I'm too young to remember the Tate-La Bianca murders in the news, but I do remember when the movie Helter Skelter came out on TV. I would run from the room when the trailers came on. To me, as a child, Charles Manson was the real life boogey man and I feared that he would escape and seek me out on the opposite end of the US and kill me! As a grown-up, an attorney and an avid fan of audiobooks, I finally got around to it and I can't be more pleased. The book covers details of the investigation, along with LAPD mistakes and bungling, step by step. The bizarre and brutal details of the murders and Manson's domination of "the family," the brilliance of Bugliosi's trial prep and the subsequent trial, as told by an excellent narrator made Helter Skelter one of my favorites.
Helter Skelter is a great look inside the story of the Manson family. Bugliosi provides a detailed first-hand account of the prosecution of Manson and his co-defendants. I enjoyed that the focus of this book was not so much on the crimes and their gore, but on the difficulties the prosecution faced and overall, the trial itself. While this book is very long and cannot be completed in one sitting, I felt like no extraneous details were included and the book kept my attention the whole time as long as I broke up the story into 1-3 hour chunks. The names were at first difficult to keep up with, but unfortunately this is the nature of the Manson family member's aliases. It got easier as the book progressed.
While we have all got some knowledge of the Manson murders, this book gave all the background to how everything came together, and I was fascinated.
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